Founder & Tour Guide
Sylvia is a first-generation Pittsburgher, who spent her formative years in the South Hills. Her family roots extend across Switzerland and Germany and her language skills include English, German and Swiss-German (yes…it is a language!).
In the early nineties she decided to explore her family's European roots and headed for her father's native country of Switzerland. Once there, what was meant to be just a few months visit ended up becoming an eight year sojourn. During her time living and working in the "old country" Sylvia explored the myriad regions of Europe from Alsacian vineyards to Greek beaches, Italian islands to French countrysides and everywhere in between - soaking up the unique sights, sounds and flavors along the way.
Once Sylvia returned to the US, she set about re-discovering her hometown with its own many offerings and rich history. Her most recent job back home was as Assistant Director, Business Development for Executive Education at Katz Graduate School of Business. Soon thereafter she began volunteering with the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation (PHLF) as a tour guide.
It seemed only natural then to combine a love of good food, an affection for the 'Burgh and her skills as a tour guide into specialized walking tours highlighting Pittsburgh's best bits and tastiest bites.
Sylvia currently resides west of Pittsburgh with her husband and their two children. She is very active in her community, and passionate about community service. She serves on the board of VisitPITTSBURGH, the Swiss American Society of Pittsburgh and is a committee member of Destination Greater Pittsburgh. Through her volunteer and business efforts Sylvia’s been named a Pittsburgh Magazine “40 under 40”, awarded the “2011 Legends of the Strip, Main Street Award”, and recognized as a “ 2015 Sheraton Celebration of Champions” honoree.
"When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude."
-G. K. Chesterton